More than sixty percent of the contracts awarded were given to National Assembly members says Akpabio and that attracted volatile reactions from Committee members,
There were momentous drama moments at the House of Representative Committee meeting probing the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) as the acting Managing Director, Daniel Pondei collapsed while being interrogated.
Yet the most volatile disclosure was the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio saying that more than sixty percent of the contracts awarded were given to National Assembly members.
Pondei had collapsed on his seat after submitting documents to the Committee members and accusing the Committee Chairman of hijacking the contracts.
Patmos Media Line had gathered that Pondei Doctors had advised him not to attend the meeting on Medical ground.
Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila had to intervene as he told the gathering that Mr; Pondei had been taken to the hospital under the supervision of the Physicians of the House and the Clerk of the House has been directed to furnish the house with constant update on his health.
Mr. Pondei’s medical seizure became an instant subject of ridicule and criticism as they objected to Gbajabiamila’s directive that Mr. Pondei would not come to the Committee again.
Senator Godswill Akpabio, alleged mismanagement in the NDDC.
Senator Godswill Akpabio at the Hearing.
Akpabio also claimed that the former Acting Managing Director of the NDDC Joy Nunieh was not qualified. He stated that Joy Nunieh does not have a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate.
He also revealed that the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, asked him to sack the former NDDC boss.
The minister said the NDDC had over 300 bank accounts when he was appointed by President Buhari.
Akpabio who later got into a heated argument with the lawmakers accused the committee members of bullying.
Tunji-Ojo had asked the minister if the three major projects he had carried out had the approval of the Federal Executive Council.
Akpabio, who was interrupted while answering the question, said, “Mr Chairman, the condition, where we are in now, does not require bullying, with due respect.”
However, Tunji-Ojo responded, “We are not bullying you, honourable minister. Answer the question directly. You know you are my leader. An uncommon leader.”
Recall that the Hon. Bunmi Tuni-Ojo, Chairman of the House Committee on Niger Delta, stepped aside from presiding over the affairs of investigative Committee after the fainted Acting managing director of the NDDC accused him of corruption and being on a revenge mission.
Addressing his colleagues and guests on Monday, Tunji-Ojo said he was stepping aside from presiding over the hearing to allow fair hearing and to protect his integrity.
Meanwhile some Niger Delta Indigenes protested at the NASS gate saying that the Forensic investigation should take place stressing that nobody was above the law, they called onPresident Buhari to order that both the Minister and the Acting MD should step aside to allow for uninterrupted investigation.
In another place a group of people who were on scholarship of the NDDC abroad said they had long been abandoned and their institutions had sent them away for being debtors pleading that the Federal Government should intervene.